UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics


Lucie Green on BBC Radio 4

16 February 2015

Dr. Lucie Green, a Royal Society University Research Fellow with the Solar Group, will be on BBC Radio 4 this morning "The Sound of Space", an audio guide to the Universe.

The Sound of Space

The previously silent world of outer space is changing. In this audio tour around the Universe, Dr Lucie Green explores the sounds of space.

Some sounds have been recorded by microphones on-board interplanetary spacecraft. Others have been detected by telescopes and sped up until their frequency is tuned to our ears. The rest are sonified X-rays, space plasma or radio waves that reveal tantalising secrets about the universe that our eyes cannot see.

Everyone can recall the sound of the singing comet - a symphony created using measurements from the Rosetta mission. But many other sounds have been created from space data, from lightning on Jupiter to vibrations inside the Sun. From spinning pulsars to black holes and gamma ray bursts, outside our Solar System space becomes even stranger.

Joining Lucie Green on this sonic journey through space are:
- Prof Tim O'Brien (Associate Director of Jodrell Bank Observatory),
- Honor Harger (Executive Director of the ArtScience museum in Singapore) and
- Dr Andrew Pontzen (Cosmology Research Group, University College London)
with archive from Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell.